The Wear and Tear on Health: What is the Role of Occupation?

33 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2014

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Bastian Ravesteijn

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Tinbergen Institute

Hans van Kippersluis

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Eddy van Doorslaer

Erasmus School of Economics

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Date Written: April 14, 2014

Abstract

Although it seems evident that occupation affects health, effect estimates are scarce. We use a job characteristics matrix linked to German longitudinal data spanning 26 years to characterise occupations by their physical and psychosocial burdens. Employing a dynamic model to control for factors that simultaneously affect health and selection into occupation, we find that manual work and low job control both have a substantial negative effect on health that gets stronger with age. The effects of late-career exposure to high physical demands and low job control are comparable to a health deterioration due to ageing 12 and 19 months, respectively.

Keywords: Health Economics, Labor Economics, Dynamic Panel Data Models

JEL Classification: I0, J0, C23

Suggested Citation

Ravesteijn, Bastian and van Kippersluis, Hans and van Doorslaer, Eddy, The Wear and Tear on Health: What is the Role of Occupation? (April 14, 2014). SOEPpaper No. 618. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2424673 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2424673

Bastian Ravesteijn (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute ( email )

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Hans Van Kippersluis

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
Netherlands

Eddy Van Doorslaer

Erasmus School of Economics ( email )

Netherlands

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